Oxford, Day 22: Studying, Starbucks, "Bangers and Mash"

It was a beautiful afternoon in Oxford–too bad I had to work on my essays instead… After eating lunch and tea in the dorm, I camped out at Starbucks on High Street for a few hours and had a Frappucino and a cookie. I worked on my Shakespeare paper which discusses stoicism in Hamlet and […]

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Oxford, Day 20: Old Parsonage Hotel

Since getting WiFi and hot water back in the dorm, I stayed in for most of the day. For lunch, I cooked the rest of the vegetarian sausages with tomato sauce and boiled some tortellini. I had the sauce and sausage simmering on the stove for a few hours, so by the time it was […]

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Oxford, Day 19: Grand Cafe

The other day I was blogging from another dorm that has WiFi– but really, there is internet back at my dorm! It feels as good as Christmas morning. My roommate and I did visit the Grand Cafe on High Street–it was absolutely gorgeous. High Street is arguably the most fashionable street in Oxford’s city center. It is […]

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Oxford, Day 18: Magdalen College

I HAVE INTERNET! YAY! In class, we visited Magdalen College where renowned author C.S. Lewis studied. Magdalen College, named after Mary Magdalene, is located off of High Street, a two minute walk from New College and a five minute walk from Christ Church College. We walked around the quad, the cloisters, the chapel, the walking […]

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Oxford, Day 17: Sheldonian Theater

The internet is still down at Logan House… I ran in with the gentleman who was supposed to fix the internet, but because the two wardens of the residence were not present, the gentleman refused to follow the directions to the main university building and speak to an authority there. I even tried to coerce […]

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Oxford, Day 16: New College

The internet has been down at the dorm for over 24 hours–and still down–which is why I am posting a little late. Yesterday was a typical rainy day in England, but there was plenty to be done. In the morning, my roommate and I went to Costa. I like to think of Costa as an […]

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Oxford, Day 15: Lazy Sunday and Living in Logan House

My one goal for the day was to read Jane Austen’s Persuasion for Literature of Oxford. The original plan was to read at Starbucks on High Street in the city centre, but after mailing a postcard to a friend, I picked up tea and a chocolate croissant and read on Martyr’s Memorial. I could only […]

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Oxford, Day 13: Alice’s Shop and Other Nonsense

I hung out with a friend downtown today and we went to Starbucks, Christ Church, Alice’s Shop, and Primark. At one point, we found ourselves on the most peculiar street. We left Alice’s Shop and were headed towards the Westgate Shopping Center when we found a red telephone booth. Red telephone booths are not uncommon […]

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Oxford, Day 12: Corpus Christi Day

Today was Corpus Christi Day, an important feasting day in the Catholic religion. A small group of students and the professor or the Literature of Oxford professor went to a special mass and procession at New College. Like every other church in town, it was over two centuries old and the architecture was perfectly preserved. […]

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Oxford, Day 11: When Bees Attack

My Shakespeare course was off to a normal start, until one girl pointed out a huge bee on the window sill in the classroom. After a few screams, pictures, and some prods with an umbrella, the professor was able to capture the bee using a cup and my essay–yikes–and released it outdoors.  In Literature of […]

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